Apple to build solar energy storage facility in California

The new facility will store 240 megawatt-hours of energy, or enough to power more than 7,000 homes a day

Apple is to build a battery-based renewable energy storage facility in Central California which will store 240 megawatt-hours of energy, or enough to power more than 7,000 homes a day. 

The new facility is located next to the California Flats solar installation in southeastern Monterey County, about 100 miles southeast of Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters.

The site sends 130-megawatts of electricity directly to Apple’s California facilities during daylight hours but does not provide power during dark hours. 

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said the company’s aim is to develop what it believes will be one of the largest battery-based storage systems in the US.

Jackson said that Apple plans to share its findings from building the project with other companies, but it is too early to say exactly how it would do so. 

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Apple has other environmental projects where it has shared its developments, including an aluminium smelting joint venture in Canada and an Apple recycling technology lab in Texas.

Additionally, Apple said that 110 of its suppliers are now shifting to use clean energy for the work they do for Apple, with about eight gigawatts of clean energy production planned as a result.

It is an increase from last year when Apple said 70 of its suppliers had shifted to using clean energy for Apple work when it set a goal to be carbon emissions free by 2030.

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